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(1929) [MARC] Author: Axel Munthe - Tema: Medicine
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who thanked me warmly for having come to his
rescue, was in a great state of agitation. He
said there was no time to lose and he was right
there, for the woman lying unconscious on her
‘lit de travail’ looked more dead than alive.
After a rapid examination I asked him angrily why
he had not sent for a surgeon or an accoucheur
instead of me, since he knew that neither of us two
was fit to deal with such a case. The woman rallied
a little after a couple of syringes of camphor and
ether. I decided with some hesitation to make
him give her a little chloroform while I set to
work. With my usual luck all went tolerably
well and after vigorous artificial respiration even
the half-suffocated child returned to life to our
great surprise. But it was a narrow escape for
both mother and child. There was no more
cotton-wool, linen or dressing material of any sort
to stem the hæmorrhage, but luckily we came
upon a half-open Gladstone bag full of fine linen
and ladies’ underwear which we tore rapidly to
pieces for tampons.

“I never saw such beautiful linen,” said my
colleague holding up a linon chemise, “and
look,” he exclaimed pointing to a coronet
embroidered in red over the letter M, “ma foi, mon cher
confrère, we are moving in good society! I
assure you she is a very fine girl though there is
not much left of her now, an exceptionally
beautiful girl, I would not mind renewing her
acquaintance if ever she pulls through.”

“Ah, la jolie broche,” he exclaimed picking up
a diamond brooch which had evidently fallen on
the floor when we were ransacking the bag. “Ma

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